KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Three young dolphins will be exchanged between Hawaii Island and Oahu Island if Dolphin Quest Inc. receives a permit from the state Board of Agriculture to fly the animals.
West Hawaii Today reports that the company, which allows people to swim with dolphins in lagoons at Hawaii resorts, is making the transfer as part of its 25-year-old breeding program.
Vice President of Animals Michelle Campbell says the switch would help keep each location's population genetically diverse.
The application for a permit says the dolphins would be stretchered for the flight and suspended by a sling in 500-gallon carriers. Two Atlantic bottlenose dolphins would fly from Hawaii Island to Oahu, and another would make the opposite journey.
The Board of Agriculture will consider the request next week.